Submitted by Dela Taylor
Making this dance happen means lots of elbow grease and dimes.
It takes only marginally less time to complete a grant application for $500 than it does to complete a grant application for $5,000. ...Or so I found out this evening at 11:44 p.m.
It's also soooo worth it.
PICD currently has two grant requests out for financial support:
- One, with the Maine Arts Commission, would support an awesome year-long mentoring program for emerging contra dance callers and musicians who want to hone their craft through experimentation, coaching, and live practice at once per month 'teaching dances.'
- Another, with the County Dance & Song Society, is much simpler: it would cover the cost of liability insurance for our first year of dancing. (Any twisted ankles will be hurriedly taken care of by Widget Insurance Co. & Co.)
We've still got pipe dreams: a high-quality, permanent sound system for the venue, air circulators, paying our talent really well... And, well, we'll be chipping away at those goals over the next year. We want this series to be well funded, sustainable, and stand-out awesome - no matter how many Pulitzer Prize winning novels we could have written in the time it takes to finish off these grants... ;)
Do you have ideas about funding (or the winning combination of an angel's heart and deep pockets)? Send me a note with a quarter taped to it at firstname.lastname@example.org.